The Yale Humanist Community (YHC) strives to provide people with access to a caring community, support in moments of crisis, reflection on life’s big questions, a means for humanizing relationships with other faith or moral communities, and opportunities to act on their values.
The Yale Humanist Community (YHC) started working on this mission in the Fall semester of 2012 when it was founded by Miles Lasater and Paul Chiariello. We are recognized as a chapter of the American Humanist Association and the Humanist Unitarian Universalist Association. Locally we are a member group of the Connecticut Coalition of Reason. At Yale, Chris Stedman, our Coordinator for Humanist Life and Executive Director, is a Fellow of Silliman College and YHC is a Community Agency member of Dwight Hall. We serve the students of Yale University and residents in the Greater New Haven community at large.
The Yale Humanist Community invites you to join WTF (Who to Follow?), a discussion group exploring these matters the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 PM at The Grove (760 Chapel Street). These discussions are hosted by Tom Krattenmaker, religion-in-public-life columnist for USA Today, author, and Communications Director at Yale Divinity School. Tom is currently writing a book exploring what it could mean to be a “secular Jesus follower.”
In the Practical Humanism Discussion Group, we explore these questions. Participants are challenged to reflect upon their personal beliefs, their values, and their worldview. We want to help people to get to know who they are and what they stand for. In an accepting and open atmosphere we discuss, reflect, and explore.
Previously the Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and the Values
in Action Coordinator for the Humanist Community at Harvard (where he was previously
the inaugural Interfaith and Community Service Fellow), and a Content Developer and Adjunct Trainer for Interfaith Youth Core, where he helped shape their ongoing collaboration with the Obama administration, Chris is a prolific author whose work regularly appears in Salon, CNN, msnbc, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post
On Faith, and more.
Chris received an MA in Religion from Meadville
Lombard Theological School at the University of
Chicago (with dual concentrations in Pastoral Care & Counseling and Religion & the Arts), for which he was awarded the Billings Prize
for Most Outstanding Scholastic Achievement. A
graduate of Augsburg College with a summa cum laude
B.A. in Religion, Chris is an official advisor to Humanist charitable organization Foundation
Beyond Belief's Challenge the Gap initiative, as well as their new Pathfinders Project program.
Her philanthropic commitments included chairing the Balboa Island Day Parade for the City of Newport Beach, Board of Directors for Voyagers Yacht Club, President of the Balboa Island Business Association, Board of Directors for the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa (ALNM) supporting the largest dental clinic for underprivileged children in Orange County, CA, and Chair of the ALNM Medallion Ball held at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.
Her service to the arts and for humanitarian issues continued in Connecticut with involvement at New Life Corporation providing free tax preparation services and financial counseling for poverty and low-income families, business management support on behalf of the New Haven Ballet, and ongoing support for several orchestras and choirs throughout the region.
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